Muncie man arrested on animal cruelty charges

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MUNCIE, Ind. (May 7, 2015)– Authorities found dozens of plastic bags filled with dead animals at Jake’s Extreme Pets and Supplies in Muncie.  Dozens of dogs were removed from the home after investigators found hazardous conditions and several signs of animal abuse.

Muncie Animal Care and Services found 17 dead puppies wrapped in grocery bags and stuffed into the freezer.

Jacob Pelfrey, 23, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

“The freezer was filled.  The freezer has two compartments, and the bottom compartment was literally filled with dead puppies, and there were a couple of dead turtles,” says Phil Peckinpaugh, superintendent of Muncie and Delaware County Animal Care and Services.

Authorities took 45 bulldogs from the property, including one dog that had its face partially ripped off.

“Every square inch of the home was covered in fecal matter and urine. There were probably 15-16 dogs in the house. The rest were outside in various kennels,” said Peckinpaugh.

This was not the first time authorities have been inside of Jake’s Extreme Pets.  They have responded to the home several times in the past few years, but there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

“A lot of this could have been prevented.  We have reports from last summer with pictures of the exact same dogs. To see those dogs then and see them now, it is frustrating,” says Peckinpaugh.

Pelfrey is being held under a $65,000 bond at the Delaware County Jail.

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